Ray Lamontagne - Supernova

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Supernova is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne, released in April 2014 by Stone Deaf Records.

Over four previous albums, singer and songwriter Ray LaMontagne has presented as many different musical portraits of himself. What united those records was the signature world-weariness in his writing and singing. While Supernova, helmed by producer Dan Auerbach, presents yet another aspect of the songwriter's persona, that earthly weightiness all but vanishes.

This is simultaneously LaMontagne's most sonically ambitious and purposefully referential offering to date; but the considerable topical and melodic shift in his songwriting dictated it. These songs are brighter, lighter, and musically more labyrinthine despite their ready accessibility. The sound and textural palettes are expansive, chosing the band to orchestrate these songs that draw so heavily from Southern California's psychedelic pop and country-rock of the late 1960s and early '70s.

"Lavender" has fat electric guitar chords that give way to a strummed acoustic guitar, mellotron, and electric harpsichord. The dreamy Eastern feel in the music is held to earth by clipped snares and a lean bassline. But LaMontagne's layered, reverbed vocal and its whispered, percussive, chorus effects make the song's textures swirl.

"Pick Up A Gun" is darkly tinged at inception, but breaks into four different segments inside five minutes. It's alternately a sweet country waltz, a progressive folk-rock tune, and a tripped-out pop tune. "Julia" borrows the vamp from Them's "Gloria" but winds it out in grand psych rock style to become something other. The title track initially evokes the spirit of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" with its minimal acoustic guitar vamp, pulsing organ and handclaps, but threads it with a retro-soul bridge and layers of progressive instrumentation.

Supernova is unapologetically and indulgently retro; a casual listen might dismiss it as mere nostalgia. But pairing Auerbach's detailed, careful production with LaMontagne's open, expertly crafted songwriting and breezy, sensual, emotionally unburdened signing, that boundary is shattered.

Check out the tracks: “She’s The One”; “Drive In Movies” and “Supernova”. 

This LP record is on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with digital download code, pressed in the US.

(888430545519)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Lavender

4:25

A2

Airwaves

4:41

A3

She’s The One

3:17

A4

Pick Up A Gun

5:05

A5

Julia

3:21

B1

No Other Way

3:37

B2

Supernova

3:55

B3

Ojai

4:35

B4

Smashing

4:40

B5

Drive-In Movies

5:03

SKU 888430545519
Record Label RCA Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88843 05455 1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 29 April 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 29 April 2014
Barcode # 888430545519
Shipping Weight 0.3500kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Pop
Format VINYL LP

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